Has no one said those daring Kind eyes should be more learn'd? Or warned you how despairing The moths are when they are burned, I could have warned you, but you are young, So we speak a different tongue. O you will take whatever's offered And dream that all the world's a friend, Suffer as your mother suffered, Be as broken in the end. But I am old and you are young, And I speak a [barbarous]1 tongue.
1 Grill: "different"
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "Two years later" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Lowell Dykstra (b. 1952), "Two years later ", 1998, published 2001, first performed 2000 [ baritone and piano ], from Youth and Age, no. 3, Amsterdam, Donemus [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Stanley Grill (b. 1953), "Two Years Later", copyright © 1987 [ soprano and string quartet ], from To a Child, no. 6, confirmed with an online score [sung text checked 1 time]
- by John Kenneth Tavener (1944 - 2013), "Two years later" [ soprano, flute, harp, viola ], from To a child dancing in the wind, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
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This text was added to the website: 2017-07-01
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